The Bat (1926) with soundtrack
1926 directed by Roland West starring George Beranger, Charles Herzinger and Emily Fitzroy. Sets designed by William Cameron Menzies. A criminal who dresses like a bat, intent on finding hidden money, scares the guests at an old, dark house rented by a mystery writer.
Run time 85 minutes 35 secondsAudio/Visual silent with soundtrack, black and white
August 22, 2012
A wonderful film. The soundtrack is some of Jerry
Goldsmith's pd music used in the 50's btw. My father saw this at 6 years of age and he said it scared him so much that he left the theater running.
August 21, 2012
Fast paced fun little flick!
Might be the second best, after "Nosferatu", silent movie that I have seen. I found it very entertaining and have watched it a couple of times, something I rarely do! Moves along quite nicely. A lot of the feature length silent movies are paced rather slow, as some might say of "Nosferatu", in comparison with the later "talkies". Seems as movies get more and more recent, the faster moving they have become. Short attention spans?? For a lot of the old silent movies, one must appreciate the genre and the slower pace, at least for the non-comedy type. However, most of the comedy silents were one or two reelers-generally a little over 20 minutes or less. "The Bat", is really quickly paced, has some "scary" (or maybe apprehensive?) scenes and some great funny scenes also. When the Bat is in the house, the antics of the frightened maid are really funny. The writers were very clever in the way the situations were set up. Many of the really old movies had something that seems to elude some genres today... A PLOT! If you enjoy silent movies give "The Bat" a try!
My five star rating is in comparison to other silent movies, not in comparison to all motion pictures ever produced.
Please note: I cut and pasted this review from another copy of "The Bat" elsewhere here, that I did.. That copy didn't have a soundtrack, so I can't comment on the soundtrack on this copy. I just thought it would help viewers to know something about this flick.